Advertisement
Go
2014 Buick Encore Photo
8.0
/ 10
On Safety
BASE INVOICE
$23,193
BASE MSRP
$24,160
On Safety
Ten airbags and a standard rearview camera are commendable, but the Encore's safety ratings aren't perfect.
8.0 out of 10
Shopping for a new Buick Encore?

GET A FREE PRICE QUOTE

SAFETY | 8 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

Four out of five stars overall for Encore with front-wheel drive, five stars for all-wheel-drive model. Five stars, frontal and side impact
NHTSA

'Good,' frontal, side, and rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; 'poor,' small overlap frontal
IIHS

Thanks to a large windshield and a tall seating position, the Encore also offers excellent forward visibility.
Automobile

with thick C-pillars, a narrow hatch window, and passengers' heads, rear visibility is compromised.
Motor Trend

At least there's a standard rearview camera, along with 10 airbags if you still fail to see something.
Autoblog

The 2014 Buick Encore comes packed with safety technologies and 10 airbags, but its crash-test scores aren't as good as they could be.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Encore four stars out of five overall in front-wheel-drive form, though that rises to five of five for the AWD version that offers forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning systems. Both versions get five stars for front and side crash safety, and four stars for rollover safety.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the Buick Encore a Top Safety Pick for 2013, with its highest rating of "Good" for the moderate-overlap front crash, side impact, and roof strength tests. However, the Encore suffered a "Poor" rating in the newly added low-overlap front crash test--something that Buick may attempt to remedy in this year's Encore or in the future.

The Encore comes standard with a rearview camera in every model, which is a good thing, because its side and rear-quarter vision is nothing short of atrocious. The thick door and roof pillars, rising beltline, and small rear window combine to make it almost impossible for the drive to look over a shoulder and see what's back there. The camera is a necessity.

Optional equipment includes all-wheel drive, about $1,500, and camera-based safety systems that watch the road ahead and use lane markings to alert the driver if they're drifting out of the lane or closing too quickly. Some of those systems can be overly cautious, but the Encore only occasionally offered a stray beep on steep roads. Bundled with those systems is both the premium Bose audio system and parking sensors to supplement the rearview camera. Blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic alerts are new this year.

The Buick Encore comes with Bluetooth connectivity as standard, and also includes GM's OnStar telematics system. It comes with six months' worth of free Directions and Connections service, plus access to a mobile app that enables destination programming, remote start, and other convenient features. Want to track family members and where they're going in the car? That's included too, on an opt-in basis. 

Conclusion

Ten airbags and a standard rearview camera are commendable, but the Encore's safety ratings aren't perfect.

« Prev: Comfort and Quality Next: Features »

Would You Prefer a Free Dealer Price Quote?

With competitive price quotes from multiple dealers, you will be prepared when you meet your local car dealer. Please tell us how to contact you so that dealers can compete for your business!
There are no dealers in our network that are located near the ZIP code. Please change your ZIP code or see cars for sale near you.
Update ZIP Code
2. Tell us a little bit about yourself
Palo Alto, CA 94301 Change ZIP Code
We are committed to your privacy. By submitting this form you agree the phone number you provided may be used to contact you (including autodialed or pre-recorded calls). Consent is not a condition of purchase.
Advertisement
Other Choices Read More
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
New Car Price Quotes
Update ZIP
We are committed to your privacy. By submitting this form you agree the phone number you provided may be used to contact you (including autodialed or pre-recorded calls). Consent is not a condition of purchase.
Advertisement
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
Advertisement

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.